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such sadness, but the sight of it, it is just so profound. it gives you some sense of the scale of the destruction that the physical destruction and the number of lives that were lost that day, the names that seem to stretch on to eternity. >> it is a 16-acre site and what the city has tried to do throughout this 10-year battle is trying to figure out the way to balance for how you remember the lives that have been lost, and how you also continue to function and go on as a city. and it's a 16-acre square essentially, so they've taken eight acres and they've given that to the memorial and they've taken the other half, the other eight acres and that's where you see the construction for the four permanent buildings that will be set inside the 16 acres.
>> bill: it will be 1776 feet tall... 1776, intentional in the design, clearly. >> martha: one of the things that strikes you when you are down here is that there is a feeling of comfort, and hopefulness, when you look at these towers and as bill said, there was so much discussion over whether or not there should be anything built there at all and you feel that it is truly a rising of the entire downtown area of manhattan and it is a fighting-back and there is a definite sort of glorified feeling about looking out through the windows and seeing the huge american flags hanging from the gleaming buildings, and it does strike you, the significance of how much it means to this part of the country and to, you know, americans across the country, to have this very special place and to also, have it be a thriving workplace, once again. >> bill: we're two minutes away from 9:03 a.m., eastern time, the moment united airlines flight 175 struck the south
tower and there will be a moment of silence for that and president george bush who is here in new york will also deliver a reading and we'll hear from yo-yo ma and the names will continue, after that. i think it should be remarked, to let the rest of the country and world know how different the city changed thursday night, 7:00 eastern time, when the threat went out from the white house about what they were picking up about the possibility of a truck or car bomb that was de tinned for either new york city or washington, d.c. the level of tension in this town in the past two-and-a-half days shot through the roof. there are police cars on every street corner you go in new york and it is difficult to get in and out of times square without at least getting a carsry check of a vehicle that, perhaps, are driving. they are taking no chances security officials, police, for very, very good reasons are on the highest of alert as we
and he wrote her this letter: "dear madame, i have been shown in the files of the war department a statement of the adjutant general of massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. i feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming but i cannot refrain from tendering to you the constellations that may be found in the thanks of the republic they died to save. i pray that our heavenly father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours, to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the all tar of freedom.
yours, very sincerely, and respect fully, abraham lincoln. [applause] >> i'm peter neg gron, my father worked on the 88th floor of the world trade center. i was 13 when i stood here in 2003 and read a poem about how much i wanted to break down and cry. since then, i have stopped crying but i haven't stopped missing my dad. he was awesome. my brother, just turned two when he passed. i try to teach him all the things my father taught me. how to catch a baseball, how to ride a bike, and, to work hard in school. my dad always said how important it was. since 9/11, my mother, brother and i moved to florida, and i
got a job, and enrolled into college. i wish my dad had been there to teach me how to drive, ask a girl out on a date and see me graduate from high school. and 100 other things i can't even begin to name. he worked in the environmental department and cared about the earth and our future. i know he wanted to make a difference. i admire him for that. and, i would have liked to have talked to him about such things. i decided to become a forensic scientist. i hope that i can make my father proud of the young men my brother and i have become. i miss you so much, dad. [applause] ♪ ♪ ♪
>> susan leigh blair. >> harry blanding, jr. >> janice lee blaney. >> craig michael blass. >> rita blau. >> richard middleton blood, jr. >> michael andrew boccardi. >> john paul bocchi. >> and my father, james patrick burger. we love you, dad, me, nick, al, mom, we'll never forget you. >> and my father, we miss you, you are forever in our hearts, rest in peace. >> michael l. bocchino. >> susan m. bochino. >> vera bodyley. >> bruce boehm.
>> nicholas andrew bogdan. >> darren christopher bohan. >> lawrence francis boisseau. >> vince m. bolland, jr. >> alan bondarenko. >> andre bonheur, jr. >> colin arthur bonnet. >> frank j. bomomo. >> yvonne lucia bonomo. >> kelly ann boom. >> canfield d. boom. >> mary jane booth. >> and my father, george john bishop, we love you dad. >> and my dad, firefighter christopher joseph blackwell. rescue 3, fdny. >> sherry ann bordeaux. >> krystine bordenabe.
>> jerry borge. >> carol marie bouchard. >> jay howard boulton. >> fransisco bourdier. >> thomas harold bowden, jr. >> donna m. bow want. >> kimberly s. bowers. >> veronique nicole bowers. >> larry bowman. >> sean edward bowman, jr. >> kevin l. bowser. >> gary r. box. >> gennadyboyarsky. >> and my kids brother, martin borasweksi. >> and richard edward bosco, who will held a special place en my heart, i love and miss you,
daddy. >> alan p. boyle. >> michael l. baraka. >> sandra brace. >> kevin bracken. >> sandy bradshaw. >> david brian brady. >> alexander boginsky. >> nicholas brandemarty. >> daniel brandhost. >> david reid gamboa brandhorse. >> rochelle brag en. >> patrice brow. >> lydia bravo. >> edward and brennan, iii. >> frank h. brennan. >> and my father, sean edward bowman, jr. we love and miss you, dad. >> and my father, michael g. jacob, we love and miss you very much, dad.
>> michael e. brennan. >> peter brennan. >> thomas brennan. >> daniel j. breathal. >> gary lee bright. >> jonathan briley. >> mark and brisman. >> paul bristow. >> merriman britain. >> herman charles broinghammer. >> bernard g. brown, ii. >> patrick john brown. >> mark bruce. >> bet tina browne-brad burn. >> and my uncle peter alexander, we love and miss you. >> and my uncle, jamal, we always miss you and always love
you and we'll see you later. >> richard george bruehert. >> andrew brun. >> and captain vincent edward brunton. >> ronald bucca. >> brandon j. buchanan. >> greg j. buck. >> dennis buckley. >> nancy clare bueche. >> patrick buhsh. >> john edwards bulaga, jr. >> stephen bruce bunin. >> christopher l. burrford. >> matthew burke. >> thomas daniel burke. >> captain william francis burke, jr. >> charles f. burlinggame iii. >> thomas e. burnett, jr. >> donald j. burns. >>... >> bill: these images really
have no words and none are needed when you see the hand placed on the name that is now sketched in bronze around these brilliant waterfalls in lower manhattan. the governor of new york, at the time, george pataki, and, he was here, on scene, day after day and week after week and, which turned into months after month and ten years down the road, the governor is back with me here in new york city. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> bill: on september 21, you took me into what was then a pa pile of rubble behind me and saw the twisted steel and smoke and all the activity, so frenetic, you know? there was a sense of chaos, but it was controlled chaos, and, now, only on day ten of this incredible national journey, as you come back here today, do you want to be here?
did you look forward to it? what were your feelings as you approached this day, again? >> no, i wish i had wanted to be here, but that is just not the case. it is so painful to remember those almost 3,000 wonderful americans who died on september 11th, and -- but you have to be here. it is the right thing to do, to be with the families, to be with those who responded so courageously and to make sure that they are not forgotten. and that as we remember them, we continue to remember that we have to be optimistic about the future of this great, free country. >> at 10:03 a.m., eastern time, 45 minutes from now, you will read a poem, and the poem is called "the names" appropriately enough. what is the message in those words? >> you know, it talks about names, names placed here, names placed somewhere else.
so many names, and, the final line is, too many names, to etch in the wall of the human heart. and, i think there are two points to that poem, one, is the magnitude of the loss, so many names. and, the second is each one is one name, one person, who left behind children, parents, a husband or a wife, friends, and, who we can never forget and i'm very proud today, that we are opening the memorial, that will allow us to remember those heros, each one of them, and their wonderful lives. >> bill: and those names and these in majors, i think is what we will remember, because, the families, they have waited for this time to finally be allowed to go into the area and, today, they get the chance. and, ten years coming down here, i think i can remember one day where i... there was a sense of ebullience or happiness and, the
day bin laden was killed, back on the 1st of may, people were cheering and hollering, but, outside of that one day, it is a place of remembrance and it is a place that remembers somber today, but these images on your screen now, across the world is what we will take away. >> absolutely, and that is what we should take away. the children, seeing the name of their father or their mother and, remembering them, and, all of us remembering them, not just today, on the tenth anniversary, but this memorial will stay here, hopefully, for centuries, so that future generations will understand. >> bill: how do you think the city has done? they had 16 acres, which is essentially a square, and, they gui divided it in half, 8 acres to the memorial and 8 acres to the rebuilding and reconstruction. >> i think this is a brilliant, brilliant redevelopment, not the city so much as all of you, when
we picked the master site plan, it was picked in my mind because we wanted at the core to have the memorial. that was the single most important thing that had to happen here. and, yet, we didn't want to just think of the past. we wanted to rise to new heights and you can see, behind me, with the american flag on it, the freedom tower, that is going to rise 1776 feet tall, so, the plaza will always be a place of solemnity, hallowed ground. >> bill: and some people frankly thought nothing should be built there, the office space was not needed and argued the past 3-4 years, downturn in the economy, proved that the construction was not necessary and argued the 16 acres should be a park and make it central park south. >> there are two viewpoints, one was, don't even build a memorial and, there were powerful forces saying, rebuild, so the terrorists that... we'll forget
what happened and, others said don't build anything and i knew from the beginning we had to do both, remember and have the memorial and rebuild and i think what we've accomplished here is truly going to stand the test of time, and accomplishes the two goals we want, to remember and look forward with confidence. >> bill: today the memorial is open to the families of the victims, only, tomorrow the public is coming in and they are giving away on-line for free, 6,000 tickets a day. >> i said, from the beginning when there were skeptics about the memorial, i thought from the beginning it will be the most visited site in north america and i have no doubt that will be the case. >> bill: iraning you a think yo about that. >> and people say you are taking all of this space and spending too much. no. future generations have to understand what happens and they'll come if we do it right and we did it right. >> it is stunning to hear the names again, as they are ticked
off one by one, to hear the comments from kids aged 2 and now are 12 and were ten and now are 20 and frankly we have grown unwith these people, governor. >> yes. >> bill: first name on that list, every year, is gordon aamoth, jr., and, he will always be first. >> but every one is important. and you talked about growing up, with these names, and there was a child who was the age of our youngest son, who died, his father was a firefight and my wife and i took him to movie openings with our son and made sure he always had a family, and, we learned he has a new york firefighter, and it it was emotional to hear, the young
man, 10 or 12 at the time, is a new york city firefighter like his dad. makes you proud. >> bill: a brilliant story and good way to end it. from day ten, in 2001, to year ten, governor, thank you. >> thank you, bill. >> bill: george pataki, the former governor of new york. who will have his own reading at 10:03 a.m., eastern time and governor, we'll wait and watch for that. martha? >> martha: as we continue to listen to the names being read this morning and watch these incredible images of the family members flooding in, to surround the area where these waterfalls are, and where they are seeing the name, etched, of their loved ones for the first time, it is really quite something to watch these families, as they surround this very special place, and, some of the most incredible pictures that the nation watched on september 11th, came from our own rick leventhal and his crew. because they were there, as it unfolded in the middle of it all, covered in soot, he
captured the terror as thousands of people were running for their lives. rick leventhal is back at ground zero, this morning. on this very special and important day for our nation. good morning, rick. what goes through your mind on this incredible day? >> rick: it is tough to narrow it down, martha. we are on the tenth floor balcony of the world financial center across west side highway from the the world trade center site and we can hear the names of the victims, being read by family members and they float through the air up to our ears here. very moving and somber ceremony as you guys have talked about, especially, when they read the names of their loved ones, and deliver personal messages to them, and, then as you said, we're also seeing some of the family members now heading out towards the memorial and that is the most dramatic difference we have seen. in years past it was the frustration at the lack of progress at the site and now, instead we are seeing 400 trees and two beautiful waterfalls and footprints of the towers and new towers rising around them so
people who mourn can look up and see the future. and, i think the main reason whee we are having this ceremony today, the main reason why they read the names year after year is so we can never forget and is worth looking back at our tape of ten years ago to remember what happened this day. >> rick: we can see the top of the building from here. oh, yeah. oh, there it goes, there it goes, there it goes! oh... >> we need to put it down now. >> here we go. >> new york mayor michael bloomberg spoke this morning and i want to read the first line of his remarks. ten years passed since a perfect blue sky morning turned into the blackest of nights and since then we have lived in sunshine, and in shadow. martha, i think we are seeing more sunshine today. and, i think this scene behind you, the memorial behind us, as the governor eloquently put it will most likely be the most
popular tourist attraction in the city, if not the country, perhaps the world. and, when people come here they will see sunshine, and they will be able to read the names of all of those victims and reflect and, do it in a atmosphere of peace and calm and that is certainly a big step forward. >> martha: rick you that you can about the fact that in previous years there was so much discussion about why this wasn't finished yet. and, there is something strangely fitting, i think, in the fact that bin laden is dead, this memorial is finished. and, these family members are walking into it, and all of that has happened in this ten-year anniversary. perhaps there was some reason that all of that came together, in the year as we watch these children and families file in, to look at it for the very first time. >> rick: that is certainly possible and it is possible since we have more work to do, there is more work to do here as well. we're years away from some of
these buildings being open and a year away from the museum being open and the fact that there is progress has to give all of these people hope and has to maybe put an edge of a smile on some of their faces, and, gives them a chance to really pay their respects. in years past they couldn't make it past the chain-link fence here on west street and couldn't get past the barricades to get closures than a fountain at the bottom of a ramp at the bottom of the pit. now, they can actually walk across grass, under trees, and, move to the edge of this waterfall, and, read the names of the loved ones who were lost. >> martha: so true, last night, walking around the area, you saw the makeshift memorials there for years and now there is a proper memorial we are all seeing for the first time, rick, thank you so much. rick leventhal, we'll hear from him throughout the rest of today, down looking at ground zero from the world financial center vantage point. remarkable. >> bill: on this day, in 2001, it was 8:20 a.m., when american
airlines flight 77, a boeing 757 took off from washington dulles airport, bound for lax in los angeles, california. it was about an hour and 18, 19 minutes later, when flight 77 crashed into the pentagon. now, the ceremony at the pentagon is underway, it is honoring the lives lost on that day. both inside the pentagon and also on board the plane. we're about 9 minutes away from a moment of silence at the pentagon and ground zero, new york, and, a bit earlier today, an american flag was unfurled along the front of the building, showing the stars and stripes, ten years after the building was devastated in the attacks. and, they made a pledge at the pentagon. they said we will rebuild and reopen the damaged portion of this building, within one year. and the u.s. military, department of defense, the pentagon, did just that. jennifer griffin is handling that for us today at the
pentagon and, jennifer, good morning to you. >> reporter: hi, bill. in fact, not only did they reopen the pentagon, what makes this site so different and this ceremony so different is the survivors of that attack, they still go to work every day, in the building where they were attacked. and, for every member of the pentagon, every member of the armed services, 100,000 who are serving overseas in iraq an afghanistan, 9/11 lives with them every day. i talked to some survivors, this week, who still showed signs of post-traumatic stress but still go to work in corridor 4 where that site 77 struck. we are standing by, right now at 9:30, exactly, the ceremony will start, defense secretary leon panetta will speak and vice president joe biden as well that's chairman of the joint chiefs, the president will be here later in the day and there will be a moment of silence at 9:37, the exact moment that flight 77 struck the building, they will turn off the water running underneath the memorial behind me, behind me, there,
what is so striking, the memorial has 184 benches, each representing one of the individuals who was killed on that day. the water reflecting underneath it will go silent at 9:37 as they mark the moment of silence, also, important to point out, bill, over in afghanistan, the terrible attack on a base, 77 u.s. service members injured in a suicide truck bombing today and so the war goes on and while we remember, ten years ago, there are still many overseas still fighting as a result of 9/11. >> bill: indeed it does, the vice president is arriving now, joe biden, and, jennifer, what i think is striking about the memorial at the pentagon, you know, each area, whether here in new york, the pentagon or shanksville, pennsylvania, they went to great lengths to try and represent as best they could the lives lost that day. and, the benches that are constructed in the field just on the outskirts of pentagon where flight 77 made contact with the earth and the building, is that you can sit on the benches and
the names of the victims, looking at the pentagon tell you one story, and then there is another direction, for benches that look away from the pentagon. tell us the symbolism for the names and the way they are placed, the way they are. >> reporter: there is amazing symbolism in this memorial. not only there' benches organized from youngest, the three-year-old who was killed, to the oldest, 71-year-old, who was killed, the side of the memorial goes from three inches to 71 inches so it is progressing along that line. and the president will lay a wreath at what is known as the zero timeline, the zero age at the -- where the youngest member was killed, and, the benches as you mentioned, if you look at the name and look out towards the sky, that means that that victim was on board flight 77. if you look at the bench and look at the name and looking towards the pentagon, that means the victim was inside the pentagon, that day. so, there is beautiful symbolism
in the and i hear that the music behind me is beginning, it looks like the ceremony is starting to get underway, as we speak. >> bill: jennifer, thank you for that. jennifer griffin, our pentagon correspondent there. let's listen to the national anthem... >> ♪ ♪... and the rocket's red glare ♪ ♪ the bombs bursting in air ♪ gave proof through the night ♪ that our flag was still there ♪ ♪ o say does that star-spangled banner yet wave ♪ ♪ o'er the land of the free ♪ and the home of the brave...
>> martha: we're watching the ceremony this morning. the convocation is beginning. vice president biden, former cia, now defense director, leon panetta and then joint chief of staff, director admiral mullen, as they gather at the pentagon, you see the split screen here as we watch these two memorials, side by side, new york city the family members have filed en all around these tremendous
waterfall pools that represent those two world trade center towers in the places where they crashed and so many lives were lost. and, then, this scene from the pentagon, you see a little girl, resting her head on the shoulder of someone in the front and as jennifer griffin pointed out to us, the eloquent nature of this memorial, ages 371, those lost in the pentagon, and on the plane that crashed into it on that day. and all of those benches that face either toward the pentagon for those members of the pentagon lost, away from the pentagon for those who were flying on the plane. it is truly, you know, so many years have come and gone through the ten years, bill, and, it got to the point where some of these memorials felt like they came and went easily and this is not that way. >> bill: you are exactly right. >> martha: this is profound and important for us as a nation to reflect where we have been and where we are headed, how much we have accomplished the last ten years in afghanistan and iraq, in the wars that continue to go on, as jennifer also pointed out, and, the injuries that
succumbed this morning. >> bill: one thing about the pentagon and the memorial. we'll get a moment of silence in 90 second or so... this was a puncture wound, the department of defense and since that moment, you can argue that no facet of our government or our country or society, has sacrificed or given more than the u.s. military. they have been called on repeatedly, time and again, two tours of duty, three tours of duty, four tours of duty and the theatres of iraq and afghanistan. they have contributed mightily, in treasure and in blood and in sacrifice for their families and for this great country. >> martha: and yet, time and again, all we hear and we see with our own experience speaking to them, this is the mightiest military the nation has ever known and has produced some of the great leaders of the future. and, perhaps, that is one of the
ramifications of all of this as well, let's listen into the ceremony at the pentagon as we prepare for the moment of silence, 9:37 when flight 77 crashed into the pentagon. >> ♪ ♪... but now i see ♪ it was grace that taught my hearto see ♪ ♪ and grace released ♪ how precious did that grace appear ♪ ♪ the hour i first believed ♪ through many dangers
♪ but now am found ♪ was blind but now i see ♪... >> ladies and gentlemen, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral michael mullens. >> mr. vice president, mr. secretary, distinguished guests, and most especially, families, friends and loved ones of those killed near this spot on this day, back in 2001. good morning, and welcome. let me begin by offering on behalf of the 2.2 million men and women who wear the uniform
of the united states armed forces, by passing my deepest condolences to you for the loss you suffered and the grief you still endure. no music can assuage, no tongue can express, no prayer alone may dampen the yearning that must fire yet inside you. lives ended in this is place. dreams were shattered. futures were instantly altered. hopes were tragically dashed. you come here, we all come here, to remember those folks and to mourn and to honor. but, the greatest honor we bestow, the finest tribute we pay lies not in our gathering, it lies in our hearts, it lies
in our deeds. it lies in the manner in which and the degree to which we have preserved the very ideals others tried to kill when they killed innocent men, women and children. i was struck by the words of a young woman who just wrote a letter to her dead father, a firefighter killed at the world trade center. dear dad, she said, i still feel your presence. you are with me, every day. you inspire me to live my life, to help others, and to be grateful for each moment. i don't know what the next ten years will bring, but i do know that i have enough strength, wisdom and support to take on anything.
she remains proud of her father, alan and the sacrifice he made so others need not and she has committed herself to proving worthy of that sacrifice. hers is truly the greatest monument, the most enduring memorial. as it is with all of you. you, the families have shown the rest of us the way. quietly honoring the memory of your loved ones, by how you live and what you do. it is in the children and grandchildren with major league dreams, the college degrees earned, the businesses started, the weddings celebrated, the charity given, and the love and the laughter shared. these are the things the terrorists could not eradicate. they could bring down the walls,
but, they could not bring down america. they could kill our citizens, but they could not kill our citizenship. and in that spirit and with that pride, a whole new generation has been inspired to serve. many of them in uniform. indeed, from this place, of wrath and tears, america's military ventured forth that's long arm and clenched fist of an angry nation at war and we have remained at war ever since. visiting upon our enemies the vengeance they were due. and providing for the american people the common defense they demand. 2 million men and women have deployed to combat since 9/11. volunteers all. some of them knew a colleague killed here, some of them were but grade schoolers on that day. all of them have remained
dedicated to making sure a day like that never happens again. they have done this with great skill and bravery, and they've also done it with a realization learned over time and at great cost that sometimes we defend best our national interests, when we help others defend their own. and, that sometimes in war, it isn't the enemy's lives you take that matter most but, rather, the innocent lives you save. it is a lesson you have helped teach us. and, when that war takes the lives of our troops, when it snuffs out the futures of so many bright young stars, we again look to your example. we wrap our arms around the families of our fallen, the way you have wrapped yours around each other. scottish poet thomas campbell in
"hallowed ground" tells us us "to live in hearts we leave behind is not to die." today we stand on this hallowed ground to honor those who still live on, in our hearts. but, as we mark the end of the decade of war and remembrance, i hope that we will also follow in the young woman's footsteps, heeding the better angels of our nature, never forgetting, being grateful for each moment, helping others and, most of all, living life and living it well. that is victory. thank you. [applause] >> martha: we'll continue to watch what is going on at the pentagon and want to bring in our next guest, who was in new york city on september 11th, and also, worked at the pentagon,
former deputy assistant secretary of defense, for president reagan, our good friend, k. t. mcfarland, national security analyst joins me now. you and i have gotten to know each other over the years, and, your life change sewed dramatically on that day and you spent the earlyart of your career as a young woman in washington, working in national security. but, then took a lot of time off and you were here in new york, raising your family. and then something happened on september 11th, that changed your life forever. >> yes. i was a cold warrior, we won our fight and it was time for me, i raised a family, we have five kids. on september 11th, i dropped two of my younger kids off to school and i saw the first tower get hit and i raced uptown and went to my daughter's school and they were frantically closing the school and the teacher had run out, her husband was in the twin towers and died and the teacher said, remaining teacher said, take 8 of these girls home and,
so i took 8 little girls home with me and went to my son's school and one of the boys in his class, they didn't know where the parents were and both worked in the twin towers and all the boys said, we're going to sit vigil with our friend, he's scared and we'll make sure that we're here through the end. and so at that point, instead of being upset, like everyone else was, that day and i was, you know, why are they doing this to us and why do they hate us, we're so helpless, i realized everybody can do something. my son, he might be 12 but he could sit vigil with his friend and my little girls, we could bring all the girls to our house and we made cookies and took them to the police and fire station, and those girls felt like they could do something, they weren't just victims. so, at the end of the day, that daughter, she is studying terrorism in college, my other daughter, went to the naval academy, and is now a proud navy lieutenant j. g. and i went back and i said, okay.
my fight isn't done, i'm back in it and back in government, and, so, i have continued to speak out on national security issues, and, i think that the lesson i take ten years later, usama bin laden wanted a battle, and he got a war. and, he thought that america, because it was rich and powerful was soft and you could knock down a few buildings and kill a few people and we'd crack and we didn't. we came back as you say, stronger than ever. >> martha: you know, it strikes me when you are talking about that story, how much changed. we talked about how life changed in so many ways over the course of these ten years and, even, you know, the fact that you brought those children home from school and as we sit home and fill out the forms for school, where would your child go in the case of an emergency, things we never talked about prior to september 11th and now every child goes to school, with, you know, an emergency plan for who would watch them and what family they'd go home with, so much in our sort of national feeling of just safety and comfort we had.
before september 11th. i think changed forever. >> i do think it has changed forever but, you know, when those twin towers came down it was the end of america's age of innocence. it was a beautiful, sunny day, we had won the cold war, the economy was booming and we didn't have anything to worry about and now we live with the constant sense of alertness, which is good, too, because, look, how did usama bin laden end up? an old man in dirty clothes looking at loops of himself in some remote room in pakistan. how do we end up? rebuilding. >> martha: why is it so important, though? i was listening the other day to the recordings of the planes, and, you could hear people on the flight 93 in shanksville and also, the voice of mohammed atta, and he was saying, everyone sit down, we're turning the plane around and when i heard his voice, i was angry again. and i thought, it is important, i think, in some small part, to remember the anger, and to
remember who did this to house and for them to understand that we have not forgotten, because, you know, i worked across the street here in 1993, and we know that they came back, in 2001 to finish the job they started in 1993. what do you think about their ability to carry out attacks on us now. >> things are changed. it started out as al qaeda, and usama bin laden and his deputies in pakistan and afghanistan and they were greatly degraded, particularly with the death of usama bin laden but the movement morphed and changed and i think bin laden is al qaeda 1.2 and al qaeda 2.0 is the franchises that you see, that have sprung up around the middle east and al qaeda 3.0 is the homegrown terrorists, the one we are worried about this weekend, a ago with an american passport and truck bomb. >> martha: where do we go from here in terms of afghanistan and the wars we're fighting? those are the other people we have to remember on the day and so many of them, young men and women, who were inspired by what happened on september 11th.
who probably never would have joined the military fit weren't for what happened on that day and have been described as the most extraordinary volunteer fighting force the country has ever known. what about their mission now. >> their mission continues. just this week, a young man who used to work for me in the oklahoma national guard, who was killed in afghanistan, my navy daughter has had a number of friends who have been injured or killed in both of these fights and, we are winding down these fights and we are finished in iraq and we are leaving and leaving behind a democracy and hope the training wheels come off the bike and it can ride on its own. afghanistan we are winding down but i think that what we need to remember, is that every generation america reawakens to who it is. we get the spirit back that everybody can do something and i think that is where we are now. we're winding down wars, we are going to rebuild america, and we are going forward. >> martha: everybody can do something. k. t., a great thought to leave us with. thank you so much for being here today. always a pleasure to have you
and your insights. thank you for that. bill? >> bill: watching a split screen here, you can see the pentagon with such precision and honor, given to the flowers that are now going to be distributed on the benches, to commemorate the lives of those on board flight 77 and the pentagon and here in new york city, too, we listened to an acoustic version of a song written and performed by james taylor in new york and now, secretary of state hillary clinton as the family members continue to make their way to that bronze encased waterfall, and so many of them, now are taking out pieces of paper and taking a pencil or some sort of stencil to take the image of the name with them. and it evokes memories of visitors in washington, d.c. who go to the vietnam memorial, in the national mall and the same thing there. and for the families today, this is their first opportunity to do
this, and these are the images that you are going to see, all over the newspapers, and the web sites, starting tomorrow, and they are searing images and truly, truly touching. former u.s. navy captain chuck nash is with us now, he's a fox news military analyst and... good morning to you. i made' comments a bit earlier about the sacrifice, the u.s. military has given over the past ten years. and, no sector of government or american society has sacrificed more. and, when that plane hit the building at the pentagon, that was a puncture, a wound, but that wound was quickly cleared and captain, i'm curious to get your perspective today on the enormous sacrifice that the u.s. military has given and, how far they have come as a fighting force traps transformed itself over the past decade. >> well, bill, when the pentagon
was hit, that day, i was talking to a friend of mine, who was on his apartment balcony in crystal city. and, he just yelled and i said, what is the matter and he said, a plane just flew into the pentagon. and when it did, it snuffed out the lives of some of our best and brightest and, these conflicts both in afghanistan and in iraq have snuffed out the lives of about 6500 people, 6200, over6200 people, since then and as you point out, it has fallen on less than 1% of our population and, on that less than 1%, it has fallen multiple times. as far as the duty to go out and confront ournation's enemies. we have got, as a matter of fact, i have a friend of mine, whose son is on his 14th combat deployment. he's a navy s.e.a.l., on his 14th combat deployment since 9/11. we have asked a tremendous
amount of these young men and women, who we are blessed step forward, generation after generation, to defend this country, and it falls on so few and if you add in the family members, who are directly involved, with that, it is still less than probably 2% of our total population. so, there were roughly 3,000 people that were killed on that day, september 11th. but, those who have gone on and avenged their death and stood up for this country, we're almost double that right now, and, this fight is not over. >> bill: the fight is not over. and i take that -- to take it a step further when you consider the amount of blood and treasure the government spent, whether airport security or spending on the wars in iraq and afghanistan, however our country has been changed over the past
ten years, it goes into the trillions of dollars of money spent... and that is one of al qaeda's goals. has been stated by usama bin laden. what he wanted to do was bankrupt the u.s. and that was part of the reason why the towers were struck here in new york city. how do you see this war winding down, or is this part of our own lives, for the rest of our lives? >> i think this is going to be a disease that is with the human body corporate for quite some time. we will probably get it, beat it down and beat it down to where it is manageable. but, this is not something that we can do, as an american western society, or a european society, as our allies. this is something that has to take place, a reformation that has to take place within the world of islam. we are not going to change their
radicals. we can kill them, but, they can grow more, faster than we can kill them. so, this is something that is going to have to take place there. >> bill: chuck nash, thank you, and i really appreciate your comment this morning, and, all the times you spent with us over the past decade. helping us to learn about military strategy and what happens next, and, why. chuck nash, thank you, again. there is a headline out of afghanistan, a bit earlier today, also, that we should pass along again, a truck bomb, eastern part of the country, destined for a u.s. base, killed 5 or 6 afghans and wounded 77 american soldiers. that news broke about 6 hours ago, martha? >> martha: and you have to wonder, we have heard of, you know, attempts at attacks on new york or washington at this time and often we have seen that, you know, they go to the most vulnerable target they can get and that seems to be what happened today and we'll continue to watch the story and we have a couple of things
coming up, the next moment of i silence happens at 9:59 and that was the moment at which the south tower crumbled and crashed into the streets of lower manhattan. and we wait for that moment of silence, and, we are about to witness that now, as we listen to the continuing reading of the names at the world trade center site this morning. >>. >> for my amazing father, anthony jenicio, jr., we love and miss you so much, keep watching over us, handsome...
(bells tolling [bells tolling] . >> today as you look over the walls of remembrance we want to share with you the words of the poet, mary lee hall. who wrote, turn again to life. if i should die and leave you here a while, be not like others soar undone, who keep long vigil by the silent dust. for my sake, turn again to life,
♪ o beautiful ♪ for spacious skies ♪ for amber waves of grain ♪ for purple mountains majesty ♪ above the fruited plain... >> may god bless those heros we lost on september 11th, the brave men and women who responded so courageously, the heros we have lost since that date, defending our freedom, and, this men and women today, who risk their lives, here and abroad, to defend our freedom.
no words cried out, know fully from the broken heart of our nation, as those of a poem called "the names." written by the united states poet laureate, billie collins. he wrote it a year after the attacks and dedicated it simply, to those who died and to their survivors. the last verse reads as follows: "names, etched on the head of a pin ♪ ♪ one name spanning a bridge ♪ another, undergoing a tunnel ♪ the blue name, needled into the skin ♪ ♪ names of citizens, mothers and fathers, the bright-eyed daughter ♪ ♪ the quick son ♪ alphabet of names ♪ in a greenfield ♪ names in the small tracks of birds ♪ ♪ names lifted from a hat ♪ or balanced on the tip of the
tongue ♪ ♪ names within the warehouse of memory ♪ ♪ so many names ♪ there is barely room on the walls of the heart... [applause]. >> william m... >> bill: a poem read by the former governor, george pataki who lived every moment of this tragedy, for the past decade of his life. the poem is called "the names" and that is quite rightly what we will all remember from the ten-year mark, the names etched in bronze, on the waterfalls that now trickle and flow with such force, almost deafening they say the closer you get to them in lower manhattan. as we move away from new york, also, the vice president now, joe biden, is speaking at the memorial of the pentagon and we want to listen to his words on this memorable day now. >> montgomery county, the
district of columbia. and many others, they sprang to action. risking their lives so their friends,heir colleagues, and total strangers, people they had never met, might live. from corp paralysorals to cafet workers, up the chain of command, the top brass, secretary rumsfeld, to whom i pay special tribute today, i understand he's here. secretary rumsfeld himself did what he did as a young soldier and young man and did all of his life. you and he and others streamed into the breach between the 4th and 5th corridors where the devastation was the greatest and where death came in an instant, but, also, where there were survivors to be found. specialist dombroski was a tour
guide on the far side of the building, so far away, in fact he never heard the plane hit. but he surely felt the commotion. he could have gone home. no one would have blamed him. he was also a trained emt and came from a family of firefighters. so, when people started streaming out of the building and screaming, he sprinted towards the crash site. for hours, he moved between treating his coworkers and dashing into the inferno with a team of six men. a volunteer fire chief in woodsborough maryland, after working all day he heard that evening the rescue workers at the pentagon needed a fire truck, a small truck, small enough to fit through tight places, he knew he had a 54-mac,
the smallest one around and, fresh off of an all-day shift, barrelled down the highway, and battled the blaze all night. with thousands of others and at dawn, exhausted, and covered with soot, 14 hours on the job, he sat on a bench, and confronted a man, a man who he said was wondering aloud, why am i still alive? had i not been at the dentist, i would have been in the office, my office, totally destroyed. my colleagues, gone. why me? it is a basic american instinct, to respond to crises when help is needed. to confront the afflicted, an american instinct summoned by the collective strength of the american people that we see come
to the fore, in our darkest hours. an instinct that echos through the ages from pearl harbor to beirut, mogadishu to ground zero, flight 93, right here in the pentagon, those in this building, that day, knew what they were witnessing. it was a declaration of war by stateless actors bent on changing our way of life. who believed these horrible acts, these horrible acts of terror, directed against innocents, could buckle our knees, could bend our will, could begin to break us, and break our resolve. but they did not know what, instead, that same american instinct, that sent all of you
into the breach, between the 4th and 5th corridors, call vgalvann entire new generation of patriots, the 9/11 generation. many of them were just kids on that bright september morning. but, like their grandparents, on december 7th, 1941, they courageously bore the burden history placed on their shoulders. and, as they came of age, they showed up. they showed up to fight for their country and they are still showing up. 2,800,000 of the 9/11 generation moved to join our military since the attacks on 9/11. to finish the war begun here that day.
and they joined. they joined knowing that they were in all likelihood going to be deployed in harm's way. and, many cases, deployed multiple, multiple times. in afghanistan, and iraq, and other dangerous parts of the world. those of you who command this building turned this generation, 9/11 generation, into the finest group of warriors the world has ever known. over a decade of war, they pioneered new tactics, mastered new language, developed and employed advanced new technologies. they took on responsibilities once reserved only to those with considerably more seniority. responsibilities that extended beyond the base or the battlefield. to the politics of afghanistan and to the politics of iraq and
to the economies of those countries, and to the development that laid the groundwork for us to leave behind stable countries that will not threaten us. and along with the intelligence community, and the law enforcement community, they relentlessly took the fight to al qaeda and its affiliates. they were prepared to follow bin laden to hell's gates if necessary. and they got him. my god, do we owe those speciwe special-ops guys and intelligence folks who got him, many who subsequently lost their lives but we will not stop. you will not stop, until al qaeda is not only disrupted, but, completely dismantled and ultimately destroyed. and, one more thing about this
9/11 generation of warriors... never before in our history has america asked so much over such a sustained period of and all-volunteer force. i can say without fear of contradiction or being accused of exaggeration the 9/11 generation ranks among the greatest our nation has ever produced and it was born... born right here on 9/11. [applause] as the admiral said, that generation paid an incredible price, 4,478 fallen angels in iraq. 1,648 in afghanistan. and more than 40,000 wounded in both countries. some of whom require care and support the rest of their lives.
having visited multiple times like many of you, i am awed, not only by their capability, but, their sacrifices, today and every day. the terrorists who attacked the pentagon as leon said, sought to weaken america, by shattering this defining symbol of our military might and prowess. but they failed and they also fail for another reason, not just physically failed. they failed because they continue to fundamentally misunderstand us as they misunderstood us on that day. for the true source of american power does not lie within that building. as americans, we draw our strength from the rich tapestry of our people, looking at the people before me. looking at the families before
me. the true legacy of 9/11 is that our spirit is mightier. the bonds that unite us are thicker, and, the resolve is firmer than the millions of tons of limestone and concrete that make up that great edifice behind me. al qaeda and bin laden never imagined that the 3,000 people who lost their lives that day would inspire 3 million to put on the uniform and harden the resolve of 300 million americans. they never imagined the sleeping giant they were about to awaken. and, never imagined these things because they did not understand what enables us, what has always enabled us to withstand any test that comes our way and you understood and knew better than everyone because you knew every
time this nation has been attacked, you, particularly, who wear the uniform, every time this nation is attacked, you knew it only emboldened us to stand up and strike back. you family members, you also knew something else. a lot of us didn't know, that day. your loved ones, those who you lost, who we now call heros, were already heros, they were heros to you. they were the father that tucked you in, at night. and they were the wife who knew your fears, even before you expressed them. they were the brother who lifted you up, they were the daughter who made you laugh. and the son who made you proud.
i know... i know in my heart, so do all the people on this dais know, they are absolutely irreplaceable. absolutely irreplaceable. as the speaker heard me say yesterday in shanksville, pennsylvania, no memorial, no ceremony, no words will ever fill the void left in your hearts. by their loss. my prayer for you is that ten years later when we think of them, ten years later, when you think of them, that it brings a smile to your lips, before it brings a tear to your eye. my mom used to say courage lies in every man's heart and her
expectation was, that one day, one day it would be summoned. here on september 11th, 2001, at exactly 9:37 a.m., it was summoned. it was summoned from the hearts of the thousands of people who worked here, to save hundreds. it was summoned in the hearts of all of those first responders who answered the call. for courage lies deepest in and beats the loudest in the heart of americans. don't forget it. we will not forget them. may god bless you all the, and may god bless america, most of all, may god protected our troops. [applause].
>> bill: vice president at the baye pentagon there, we are 11 minutes away from the another moment of silence in new york city, the point where the south tower fell. and, recalling memories of that day when the south tower went down, and people around the world said, you've got to be kidding me... it is gone? and, about 30 minutes later the same images were repeated in the north tower and we'll pause for that at about 10:28 eastern time, coming up, 11 minutes from now. >> martha: as we continue to watch the beautiful children that keep walking in front of the microphone, all ten years older than that day, we are pleased to be joined, this morning by andy card, former chief of staff for president george w. bush. he was the messenger ten years ago, today on that morning in the florida school room, telling the president that the nation was under attack, andy, good morning. it is good to see you again. you know, when you look back, what do you think about that
role, because, you were the messenger. i'm sure you wish that your could rewind time and not have to relay the message but it was you who did that. >> obviously i never wanted to have to deliver a message like that to a president and i guarantee no president ever wanted to hear a message like that. but i was so impressed with how president bush reacted when i told him. i used words that were very efficient and i built on the fact that he knew about a small plane crashing into the world trade center. turns out, it was a commercial jetliner and i told him, the second plane hit the other tower, and america was under attack. i honestly believed he was reflecting on the awesome responsibility that a president has, and it is a lonely responsibility, to preserve, protect and defend, and i thought his remarks yesterday in shanksville were just phenomenal in that they were not about him, they were about the sacrifice, the heroism, the noble calling,
the first counterattack in the war on terror, by selfless people that gave of themselves to save so many other potential victims. >> martha: i could not agree with you more. i thought the speeches at shanksville yesterday were so moving, and we want to play a piece of president bush's speech yesterday. from shanksville, let's listen to that and get your reaction from andy card. >> many passengers called their loved ones to say good-bye, and then hung up to perform their final act. once th one said they're getting ready to break into the cockpit, i have to go, i love you and another one, it is up to us, i think we can do it and one of the most stirring accounts, todd beamer,a father of two with a pregnant wife at home in new jersey, asking the phone operator to join him in reciting the lord's prayer. then helped lead the charge to the front of the plane with the words, "let's roll."
with their selfless act the men and women who stormed the cockpit lived out the words, greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends... >> martha: that is exactly what they did on flight 93. they made a choice, to lay down their lives for their friends and i was so struck by the president's words, yesterday. as he talked about that, and obviousl obviously... he played such a large role in all of this. how did you witness that in him. >> i can't imagine being president and not having faith and practicing it. and, president bush is a man of faith. he's a man of strong courage and conviction. but, he always needed help from a higher power, to meet the obligations that he had. and i was proud that he had the courage to acknowledge that. but, i am even more impressed with the dedication that he gave to all of us. he didn't view us as partisans,
he didn't view us as supporters or opponents, he viewed us as his charge, and he had a charge to keep, and he kept it very well, that day on september 11th, 2001. >> martha: we've heard so many more details in recent weeks what it was like on air force one, share with us your feelings, as, you know, you must have been frightened, andy. wasn't it scary to be up there with the president of the united states, flying from louisiana to nebraska? what was it like? >> well, first of all, i was trying to be all-business and trying to help the but and not allow emotions to drive the counsel i gave him. he was pretty angry with me. he wanted to get back to washington, d.c. the secret service was adamant we couldn't go back without understanding more about the nature of the attacks and finally when we were allowed to go back, to washington, d.c. high started working on his remarks that he was going to address the american people, but he was so grounded, and, so good at listening and then deciding
and the resolve that he showed and the change that he introduced to the world, when he said that this would not stand. and, that you were either going to be with us or against us. and so i thought his courage and conviction made a big difference that day and i was proud to be by his side. >> martha: you must have been frightened in those moments. >> i was frightened for america and the president was in a secure and safe place and that is why we put him on air force one and didn't allow him to go back to washington, d.c., though he objected to the counsel, until we knew he'd be safe there more. >> martha: i want to listen to one more speech, some people may have missed the shanksville speech. we'll get your thoughts on this section. >> many years ago in 1863, another president came to dedicate a memorial site in this stated. he told his audience in the larger sense we cannot dedicate, consecrate, cannot hallow this
ground. for the brave souls who struggled there, it consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. he added the war will little know, and never forget what they did here, so with flight 9, for as long as this memorial stands, we will remember what the men and women aboard the plane did here. we will pay tribute to the courage they showed, the sacrifice they made, and the lives they spared. united states will never forget. >> martha: what an apt comparison to bring in the gettysburg address in pennsylvania and talk about the world will little remember or, that we cannot forget and that the ground would be consecrated so much more by the people who lost their lives there than we could ever do. >> i thought it was courageous the president would quote abraham lincoln in pennsylvania. and then, read a letterer from
him here, in new york city. you know? president bush is a student of history. but he's a lover of americans, and, i think the way he combined the message in shanksville and tied it to the remarks here in new york city, spoke to the challenges, how they were addressed and the magnitude of the response, it was really coming from the heart of america. >> martha: well i think we need to thank you as well, andrew card, because you provided support to the president of the united states on that day and were a steady hand in a moment when the whole country needed it and so much focus goes to the president but those of you who gave him that support on that day, i don't think it is too much of a stretch to say, the public owes t -- he probably said the same thing to you. has he. >> we had a good visit yesterday. but many, many people helped the president at a time of great need an he had the courage to listen and also the courage to
lead. >> martha: thank you very much for your service to our country, andy card and we really appreciate it. >> bill: 30 seconds away from our next moment of silence, the moment when the north tower fell and the war was on. to find those responsible. you will hear from america's mayor, rudy giuliani, who will deliver a reading and paul simon will perform a song. we were told it was bridge over troubled waters, which would be very appropriate at the waterfall, and we're now told the song might be sounds of silence. who knows what paul simon will play. we await now, here, in new york city. 10:28, a.m., eastern time, ten years ago, at this point, the north tower fell. [applause] [bell tolling] .
in the book of ecliastes, there is a time for every purpose under heaven, a time to be born, and a time to die. a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted. a time to kill, and a time to heal. a time to weep and a time to laugh. a time to mourn, and a time to dance. a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together. a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing. a time to win, and a time to lose. a time to keep, and a time to
cast away. a time to rend and a time to sow. a time to keep silence, and a time to speak. a time to love, and a time to hate. a time of war, and a time of peace. god bless every soul that we lost. god bless the family members who have to endure that loss. and god guide us to our reunion in heaven. and god bless the united states of america. [applause]
>> good morning. my name is deborah. it has been ten years and feels like it just happened yesterday. my brother, christopher, was on the 98th floor in the north tower. not one holiday, birthday, has gone by that my four sisters and my brother and i don't think about him. our mother, who never takes off her necklace with his picture in it. something i have learned over the past ten years is that
people come forward to help you in your time of need. and, today, we thank you. the people of our great nation, family, friends, and neighbors. at work, christopher sat next to his good friend, wayne russo. the russo family has made a special request that their son's name be placed next to my brother's name. that meant so much to our family. what i know now is that the forces of good are not just in movies. it is all around us. people really do catch you when you fall. it has been a blessing. christopher would have loved knowing that the love he freely
friend ♪ ♪ i've come to talk with you again ♪ ♪ because a vision softly creeping ♪ ♪ left its seeds while i was sleeping ♪ ♪ and the vision that was planted in my brain ♪ ♪ still remains ♪ within the sound of silence ♪ in restless dreams i walked alone ♪ ♪ narrow streets of cobblestone ♪ ♪ beneath the halo of a street lamp ♪
♪ i turned my collar to the cold and damp ♪ ♪ when my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light ♪ ♪ that split the night ♪ and touched the sound of silence ♪ ♪ and in the naked light i saw ♪ ten thousand people, maybe more ♪ ♪ people talking without speaking ♪ ♪ people hearing without listening ♪ ♪ people writing songs ♪ that voices never share ♪ and no one dared ♪ disturb the sound of silence ♪ fools, said, i, you do not
warning ♪ ♪ and the words that it was forming ♪ ♪ and it the words of the prophet are written on the subway walls ♪ ♪ and tenement halls ♪ and whispered in the sounds of silen silence...♪ [applause]. >> bill: watching the others sing along with pew -- paul simon, those words poignant, and we've said this would be a day of moments and, so many already, only 10:38 in the morning, paul simon.
>> martha: very moving moment for all of us watching it here and, i'm very glad to bring in tim brown, who has been a good friend of this from and a retired new york firefighter and 9/11 survivor, himself, tim, welcome. >> good to be here. >> martha: good to have you with us today. remind us, remind everybody where you were on that day. >> right, originally i was in 7 world trade center, and the first plane went over our roof and smashed into the north tower. we were unsure at that time, that -- whether it was a terrorist attack or a mistake. but, certainly, when the second plane came in, you know, we all realized that we were under attack. >> collectively. all of us, no matter where everyone was, and the president as well, as we talked to andy card, the whole nation knew in the same instance we were under attack. what did you do. >> we went over to the tower and, the chief ordered an alarm
for the second tower and we conversed a little as we ran over to establish the command post. i was grabbed by a civilian who said there were people trapped in an elevator. and, sure enough we went around the corner and you could see into the shaft of the elevator, and you could see the people's feet in the car at the top. and, the elevator pit underneath them was on fire, with jet fuel and they were getting cooked, like they were in a barbecue. we grabbed a bunch of fire extinguishers and tried to fight the fire, to no avail. some firemen showed up actually, my friend, firefighter mike lynch, and, he put his hand on my shoulder and he said, time, i got it. -- i got it, we'll get them out, and, he might have had angels wings at that moment, they found his body along with the people in the elevator, a few weeks later and one woman recount later on how the fireman with
the red 4 on his helmet saved her and we know that mike got at least one of the people out of the elevator which is a happy story. and, that is you know -- rudy giuliani said it was the worst day of his life and also the best day of his life and i think that is right because there were so many heroic actions by the police officers and firefighters that day. >> martha: you feel like it was a miracle that you survived? >> absolutely. the little area, where i wound up when the south tower collapsed, was actually the area damaged in the 1993 bombing and when the iron workers rebuilt it, they used the great american pride and steel much too big, and, that area where it was kind of a cocoon where we survived and i believe i was directed to that spot, and, the iron workers had built a safe -- place of safety for us. >> bill: so ten years later, now, we sit here, and, as you go
about the city, the firefighters have been visited by so many tourists who come to new york, for the past decade and, it was interesting to walk by the fire houses this week and see how they are getting ready for today. did they dread this day? did they welcome it in a way where they could say hello, again, to lost friends? i'd imagine the emotions have been all over the spectrum. >> yeah and i think that is probably true. i don't think there is a general emotion of the firefighters, other than very somber and really, very sad remembrance. you know, we live every day, to save people's lives and fire trucks run around new york city right now with lights and sirens on trying to help people, and, when you can't save everyone, it
is lu is hurtful to us, a fire in the bronx or brooklyn and you know, you couldn't go get the kid. and failed in your mission, that is hurtful to us and for us to lose 343 is very painful, especially when it is that personal and special operations and the new york city fire department, we lost nearly 100 guys, in special operations, and that was 1/3 of the command and these were the most experienced and most intelligent firefighters in the new york city fire department. >> bill: what a loss, wow. >> martha: and, you say that you believe you were saved for a purpose and you have literally dedicated every day of your life as far as i know, to serving that purpose, for anyone who doesn't know, tell them what you have been doing for the families and those still alive, many of whom suffering from the illness they incurred during the whole
period. >> it is a simple phrase, never forget and that means, never forget, the brave heros that day, firefighters and police officers that ran into the building and never forget their families never forget to honor the sacrifice at ground zero and make sure the narrative stays on pointed, and that other people don't try to hijack the narrative and, never forget that that was a day of evil, also, that evil visited us, very personally that day, the new york city fire department, and police department, port authority police department as well as everyone else and we can't let political correctness taint that and need to say what happened that day and who did that to us and it was islamist terrorists that attacked new york city an america and it is important that that stays as a
part of the narrative. getting back to the families, this is -- you know, we saw the shots before, it is tears. this is a hard day for them. it is a hard day for us. and, you know, i think that is why the firefighters go up to their own memorial and just kind of get in a circle and hug each other. >> bill: it is needed on a day like today. tim, thank you. >> martha: tim, thank you. always good to see you and thank you for all you do, all the families of all of the firefighters, 343 lost, we have seen so many of their children, wearing their hats, wearing their uniforms down there today, and our hearts and prayers are with you and with all of the brothers, that you lost on that day. we're grateful. thank you. >> thank you. >> bill: you are most welcome. we'll never forget, either, as we go to break our program continues, james tanner performed a song called "close your eyes" and if you missed that, here's a portion of it.
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>> bill: welcome back to our kuhning -- continuing coverage, ten years down the road, september 11th. with us now a special woman, her name is sally reaganhart and she lost her son, christian, a new york city firefighter, age 28 in the attacks of the world trade center. igood morning to you. i know you don't like the day and we first met five months ago. >> that's right. >> bill: here at ground zero, the day usama bin laden was killed. and i think it was probably the only day in my memory, the past ten years, people were down here, happy, excited, fired up. there were smiles that day. >> that's right. that's right. absolutely. this is an area of grief, of sorrow, of death an dd destructn for us and for the families of the victims it will always be
that to us but that day we had some type of respite from the feeling and were here to embrace america and to affirm america and to thank our wonderful military and our president for being able... >> bill: remember your son, too. who was considered a bit of a ladies man, i understand. you described him as a babe magnet, because ten of his girlfriends went to his funeral at st. pat's? >> martha: unfortunately, i was very new to speaking to the media, in the early days, and i spoke to this family who wrote the portraits of grief book and spoke to her and didn't realize everything i said would go in the portraits of grief book and the newspapers, but, you know, his friends and the younger people, loved it. the older relatives were not too happy, but he was a babe-magnet but respected women, he loved women and, he was the type of person that we need more people like that in the world.
but... >> bill: sally, he was smart, bilingual, and spoke spanish and spoke a lot of time in central america. >> absolutely. >> bill: and he was a great, great young man. >> he was. >> bill: what do we need to know about your son. >> he was a graduate of bronx high school of science and had a 146 iq and, joined the marine corps and his father was a marine and as well as being a sergeant in the police department, an artist, writer, environmentalist, humanitarian, and before he joined the fire department, he was a guide... on a glacier in patagonia. and he had such a wonderful life. and, you know, on 9/11 there's a lot of stories to say that the fire department was in there, and, some people have even had the audacity to say that they heard the order to evacuate, but did not. that is not true. these -- my son obeyed orders.
if he would have heard an order to evacuate, he loved his life. the young firefighters, everyone in there loved their lives but we had a failure of the system, a failure of communication and planning and today, it is much better. i have to say, i have been working in my son's memory to have firefighter and public safety safer buildings, evacuation procedures, and, i continue to do that. >> bill: you have dedicated your life in many ways to this. i don't know if you have been down to the waterfall area yet. have you? have you found his name? >> i have not but i plan to go there, immediately, to meet the rest of my family. and it is... we have a very heavy heart today, i'm happy we have the support of the american people and new yorkers, it is a reverent day, and something that is troubling to many families, today, are the plans to put over
9,000 human remains in the basement of the 9/11 museum. we feel that that is disrespectful. it is... and we are very opposed to that and would like to have a respectful tomb-like situation, such as the tomb of the unknown soldier. such as the pentagon families. the people who were killed in the pentagon and on flight 77, their remains were interred in a tomb in arlington national cemetery, and i'm very happy for those families. we need a more honorable way to respect and honor the human remains of people who died. >> bill: i understand your position and we'll see whether or not in the end you get your wish. i know it is something you are battling for and my best to you, okay? and also from us here... >> thank you, thank you very much. >> bill:... at the fox news channel, our best to you and the visit you are about to embark on, for the first time. >> martha: and sharing the remarkable story of your son and now we know more about him and he must have been a very, very
special son. >> we are grateful to fox news for supporting the families, supporting our feelings. and, supporting our need to protect ourselves against terrorism. that is on our minds, all the time. >> bill: we live through it because of you. >> thank you. >> bill: thank you. >> martha: thank you very much. all right, we will continue this morning, it is a very emotional day, very important day, for all americans, as we gather to open and see this memorial, behind us, bill, it is amazing, that it has been ten years since that day, which feels so opponent and emotions of which are close to the surface for sally and tim and all the families and all of us here today. >> bill: a short break, our conference continues in a few moments here, in new york city. ♪ ♪ hello, darkness ♪ my old friend ♪ i've come to talk with you again ♪ ♪ because a vision softly
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. welcome back to the 9/11 memorial, 10 years later. bill, it takes a long time to read all of these names, which is one of the sad realities of how many lives were lost. we are watching people going up to see for the first time their names. here's a woman etching the name of her loved one. we've needed a home to come back to. >> also remarkable, we